I hear alot of people talk about how the majority of NFL players are multi-sport athletes. I think that is great but it should also be evaluated in context. In kicking, punting, and a pitcher in baseball it is vital to specialize by the 8th or 9th grade. Growing up I played baseball, basketball and soccer. I developed my change of direction and explosion from playing basketball and my ball striking skills from soccer. I believe you need to cross train at a young age to develop the whole athlete. I was fortunate though that in 7th grade our soccer coach [...]
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Congratulations to Crews Holt for winning the 2015 Mr. Football Kicker of the Year Award. Crews has been a client of mine since his freshman year of high school and I could not be more proud of his accomplishments. This makes 4 Wilhoit Kickers to win the award in the past 5 years! 2015- Crews Holt 2014-Laszlo Toser 2013- Rafael Gaglianone 2012- Jonathan King 2011- Henrique Ribeiro Crews has had a magical season that was capped off by a state championship where he was named the Offensive MVP in the game after hitting 4 field goals. In the semi finals Crews hit [...]
After doing kicking lessons in Tennessee for the past 7 years I have learned something about kickers and even more about soccer players. Your average kicker doesn't know he's going to be a kicker until at least sophomore year of high school and typically they are recruited by the football coach and don't just volunteer their services. The position of kicker is different than any other position in team sports outside of a pitcher in baseball because you are in essence performing individually but asked to be part of the team. Kickers are like mercenaries or snipers that come in to [...]
Coming out of high school in 2002 I was ranked the number one kicker in the country by Rivals and Parade Magazine. I didn't attend a single combine or scholarship camp. Those types of camps weren't available at the time and the emphasis on recruiting kickers wasn't there either. Recruiting kickers and punters has changed in the past 10-15 years and mainly for the better. Even with the improvements in the evaluation of kickers in college there are still flaws in the system. After my junior year of high school I made a highlight tape of my season. I made sure [...]
After having success training top kickers like Gary Wunderlich (Ole Miss), Aaron Medley (Tennessee) and many other BCS level kicking specialists, I have found some common traits between success and failure. I have never been opposed to my kickers playing soccer in the Spring but I can tell a HUGE difference when someone has neglected developing themselves physically. Here is a list of the Top Kickers in the 2015 class by Kohls Kicking: 1) Justin Yoon- 5'11 185 lbs 2) Austin Seibert- 5'10 195 lbs 3) Andrew Galitz- 5'11 175 lbs 4) Jake Bailey- 6'2 185 lbs 5) Louie Zervos- 5'9 [...]
The Mr. Football Kicker of the Year award goes to the best kicker in the state of Tennessee regardless of classification. It is voted on by sportswriters from across the state. I think that they did a great job with the 3 finalists this year. Obviously there are always some omissions but there are some strong candidates this year in Corey Fatony (Franklin HS), Laszlo Toser (Ooltewah HS) and Thomas Garrison (Columbia Academy). I am not as familiar with Thomas Garrison since I haven't trained him but Corey Fatony & Laszlo Toser are Wilhoit Clients that participated in my Training Program [...]
Many times kickers ask me how they can become better in the offseason. There are many ways that you can improve but one of the most important aspects is the mental game. I got a Master's degree in Sport Psychology at the University of Tennessee and I firmly believe that my experiences with the mental game were the reason I was a Freshman All American and All SEC during my senior season. Being mentally tough is a skill. I can't tell you if you are just born with it but I do know that youcan develop more mental toughness. So many [...]